Anything homemade is more impressive than store-bought. But jam? Who has time for that? Students especially are unlikely to have the equipment or time involved to commit to a preserve-making session.

Chia seeds, the super food everyone is becoming obsessed with, are the solution. Their absorption properties mean that they are a great thickener, often used in puddings like this mango and coconut one. So, using them in jam means that you won’t need a ton of sugar or pectin to get a good consistency, as many other recipes call for.

Although they are small, chia seeds have many great nutritional qualities. Just 2 tablespoons gives you 4 grams of protein and 11 grams of fiber. The seeds are also high in omega-3 fatty acids. Incorporated into your breakfast, they’ll keep you feeling full and energized until lunch.

Toast some bread and impress your friends with this homemade, and healthy, recipe.

Strawberry Chia Jam

  • Prep Time:5 minutes
  • Cook Time:15 minutes
  • Total Time:20 minutes
  • Servings:10
  • Easy

    Ingredients

  • 2 cup strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoon chia seeds
Photo by Nathalie Kent
Photo by Nathalie Kent

Step 1

Wash and cut the strawberries (you can cut them in big or small pieces, it depends on how chunky you like your jam) and place in a saucepan over medium high heat.

Photo by Nathalie Kent
Photo by Nathalie Kent

Step 2

Stir/mash with a fork for 10-15 minutes or until they soften and break down. Stir in the lemon juice, honey and chia seeds.

Photo by Nathalie Kent
Photo by Nathalie Kent

Step 3

Remove pan from heat and let sit for 5 minutes to let the jam thicken. Transfer to a jar or airtight container.

Photo by Nathalie Kent
Photo by Nathalie Kent